Spray Tanning: How to Get That Perfect Golden Glow

Who doesn’t want a fabulous tan without the risks of getting skin cancer, wrinkles or dry skin? Spray tanning, which dyes the color of your skin temporarily, is just the thing for you! Not only is it painless, fast and simple, you get the exact results you desire and end up looking like a million bucks without having to spend endless hours in the sun! However, to achieve that healthy glow and ensure that your tan lasts as long as possible, here is a list of do’s and don’ts to help you out.

Dos

• Shower and exfoliate before your tanning session as it will remove all the dead skin from your body, hence ensuring that you have a long lasting tan. Rather than using an oil-based exfoliating scrub, use a water-based one as oil will interfere with the spray tanning solution from settling properly. Also, make sure that you don’t exfoliate too hard, otherwise your tan may turn out splotchy.

• Shave or wax prior to the tanning session as it will keep your skin even and doing these afterwards will exfoliate the skin and not allow the tan to develop properly.

• For best results, do not apply moisturizers, make up, deodorant or body oil before your appointment as it will inhibit the spray tanning solution from developing properly.

• Wear a swimsuit, underwear or thong, whatever you’re comfortable in and remove all jewelry items.

• Tie away all your hair from your face and neck using hair ties, clips, hair bands, etc.

• Ask the assistant how to position yourself and any other questions that you may have before the session.

• Wear loose, protective clothing and flip flops after your session and make sure not to get wet since the moment water touches the areas sprayed on, the tanning will cease to develop further.

• Moisturize every day after your tan to increase the amount of days it stays on. You should also use a moisturizing soap free body wash.

• Remember to apply nail polish to your fingers and toes so that your nails are not affected.

• Use a tan extender, preferably one that has a light DHA bronzer, to increase the life of your tan.

DON’T

• Take a shower for at least 24 hours after your spray tan as contact with water will stop the tanning process.

• Go to the gym for a few days as sweat will cause your tan to develop unevenly and poorly. Also, don’t let any pets lick you until after your first shower.

• Touch, scratch or rub the sprayed areas right after your session as your fingers and hands will turn browner and it will leave patches on your skin.

• It is advised to not wear a bra or any tight clothes for at least 6 hours afterward.

• When showering for the first time after the session, make sure not to use a loofah or scrub or rub. Avoid a long, hot shower, or a steam and sauna as well since it will fasten the exfoliation process.

Bravo Bravado Bras!

Having a baby for the first time can be more than a little daunting. It can be very stressful and new moms need all the hope they can get. Nursing your baby can be hassle-free with the right nursing bra. The problem with most nursing bras is most are far from sexy or are downright ugly. Thus, most nursing moms are stuck with unsightly nursing bras that may be convenient to use but are embarrassing to use in public.

Fortunately, we can say adieu to embarrassingly ugly bras. Today, we can actually choose from a wide range of beautifully sexy nursing bras.Bravado bras provide us with comfortable, functional and sexy choices. There are lots of things to consider when we’re choosing underwear.

Today, we will explore how our skin type actually affects the way we look in our underwear. Like any type of garment, certain skin types look better in some undergarments than others. There are four basic skin types.

For fair skinned moms who easily freckle or burn when in the sun; soft colors like peach or periwinkle look flattering. You can also go wild with engine red or dark purple as long as the colors are of a deeper (not brighter) hue. The Bravado Microfibre Nursing Bra comes in basic black, butterscotch and white. These colors will suit the fair skinned mothers as well as make it easier for them to nurse their babies.

Mothers with olive skin look good in yellow-toned or jewel toned colors. The reason? These strong but subtle colors bring out the glow out of olive skin. For starters, they can try Bravado Bras The Exquisite Nursing Bra with its mocha and honey hues.

If your skin has yellow tones in it, you might want to try Bravado’s “Basic” Original Nursing Bras in Sky Blue, Leopard Print and Blush. Women with yellow toned skin can get away with more prints because these don’t look too loud or out of sync beside their skin. Moreover, yellow-toned skin tends to diffuse the effect of loud prints.

If you have a medium to really dark skin tone, you can opt for the Bravado bra Sugar and Spice Nursing Bras which come in Spice (Black with Hot pink Lace) or Sugar (Cream with Peach lace). Moms with dark skin tones can show off detailed items better than others. Why? Their beautiful skin tones provide a backdrop and make the details stand out. With dark tones, the detail becomes the focus.

There’s a Bravado bra perfect for your style and skin tone. Try them out now!

The Hidden Secrets of a Fashion Stylist

So, you think that all of those girls you see on the cover of your favourite magazine and on TV really look that way? They don’t come into the photo shoot like that. Just watch an episode of America’s Next Top Model and you will see what I mean. It’s what happens behind the scenes that is the real magic.

Recently, I worked on a television game show (sorry, I can’t tell you the name) that featured beautiful models dressed in sexy outfits. They wanted the girls to be leggy and showing a lot of cleavage. Models are not typically busty, so we had to make them that way. The big secret here is a plunging push up bra and silcone gel inserts. Sometimes, we would even add extra padding into the bra to get the right shape. Panty lines are a no no in this industry, so we used a seamless thongs made from the thinnest microfibre fabric. To prevent the models from “falling out” of their cleavage bearing outfits, we placed two-way tape on the inside of their dresses and stuck it to their skin. Sometimes, we even sewed a few tacks through their outfit and bra so that it wouldn’t shift. During long days of shooting, we would make adjustments or replace the tape as needed.

On another photo shoot for a hair salon, the models had to look like Bond Girls. For a braless look that still looks perky, I placed peel and stick advesive bras on the models and ran duct tape from underarm to underarm below their breasts to lift them up. The advesive bra prevents the duct tape from being stuck directly to skin. To add additional cleavage, I placed a cut off knee high filled with rice and knotted just under the breast and taped them right to the advesive bras. The final touch was rubbing baby oil onto their legs and arms to give it that sexy touch.

You can achieve the look they have too with a little help. Here are a few hints that you can use:

o Use toupee tape from wig shops or other double sided fashion tape that can be purchase in lingerie stores to keep dresses and plunging tops in place (think J-Lo)

o Apply bronzer and then coco butter to legs and arms to give your legs that sun-kissed glow without needing panty hose

o Use foundation garments such as slimmers or Spanx to smooth out bulges and tummies under pants and skirts or wear seamless panties, boy shorts or thongs.

o Get fitted for a bra to make sure you are wearing the correct cup and back size. A well fitting bra will make you look thinner. If you are pillowing, at the sides and top, then the cup is too small.

o To create the illusion of fuller breast, wear a padded push up bra, or add gel or fabric bra inserts just under the breasts. Or use the knee high filled with rice. It’s cheap and really works.

o Add contour makeup to your cleavage to accentuate the look and highlight shadow to the breasts. Not too much as it will look fake.

Now all you need is to get a fabulous outfit, and you will be camera ready for the paparrazi.